Chief of UN refugee agency will make 10-day visit to Sudan, Chad and Kenya

The United Nations refugee agency chief will make a 10-day visit to Sudan, Chad and Kenya, starting next Monday, visiting some of the camps which now house hundreds of thousands of the more than 6 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) who fled Sudan’s civil strife, and meeting with senior Government officials.

Colombia: UN rights office condemns murder of four civilians, including priests

The United Nations human rights office in Colombia has condemned the murder of four civilians, including two priests, in a north-eastern region of the conflict-wracked country and called on the competent authorities to find and punish the perpetrators.

Burundi: Thousands of Rwandan refugees living in precarious conditions – UN

With some 5,400 Rwandans crowded into a Burundian transit centre built for only 800 people, the United Nations refugee agency today said it would take another two or three weeks to add enough sheds and sanitary facilities to house them all.

UN refugee agency announces new initiative with business sector to boost aid

Calling it “a virtuous circle,” the United Nations refugee agency today announced the formation of a Council of Business Leaders to boost its assistance to refugees and returnees, thus contributing to more stable societies, which in turn are clearly good for business.

UN refugee agency receives record pledges for 2005 at donors’ conference

A record number of States have pledged the highest-ever amount in advance – $405 million – for the United Nations refugee agency’s operations for 2005, allowing it to better plan its work in the coming year.

UN refugee agency criticizes Italy’s expulsion of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today wrote to the Italian authorities criticizing the expulsion of a group of African asylum seekers at the centre of an international furore and voicing strong concern over the apparent disregard for accepted international and European standards and for the fundamental elements of due process.

UN refugee agency ‘deeply concerned’ for indigenous community in Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced “deep concern” for the safety of more than 1,200 indigenous people in northwest Colombia who have returned to the homes they fled in March because of fighting, calling on the government to protect them from irregular armed groups that still remain in the area.

Citing security concerns, UN refugee agency to close 13 Afghan border camps

Citing security concerns in the Afghan-Pakistani border area and improved economic opportunities in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency will close 13 camps by September and encourage their 200,000 Afghan residents to return home.

UN refugee agency plans to launch $14 million appeal for seven African countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today introduced plans to launch a $14 million special appeal to assist seven African countries hit by unforeseen developments, ranging from serious floods to life threatening displacement.

UN agency and migration organization join forces to return refugees to Timor-Leste

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) today announced the launch of a final push to help refugees return to Timor-Leste by the end of this year.